The Indian fast bowler, Mohammed Shami has suffered a major blow as a charge sheet has been filed against him under IPC 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment). His World Cup campaign can come under some serious threat as the next hearing of the case has been kept on June 22. The charge sheet has been filed by the Kolkata police on his estranged wife Hasin Jahan’s complaint.
Shami has been involved in a long-standing legal spat with his wife Jahan, who had accused him of extra-marital affair and match-fixing last year. His wife took to social media to post screenshots of Shami’s alleged affairs with various women. She also accused him of match-fixing. The fast bowler was stripped of his contract by the BCCI following the allegations, however, his contract was renewed after he was given a clean chit in an internal investigation by the board.
A chargesheet has been filed against cricketer Mohammed Shami. He has been charged under IPC 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harrasment).
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Jahan had first launched a complaint against the pacer in March last year when she lodged a complaint at the Kolkata police headquarters in Lal Bazaar, accusing Shami of torture, physical and mental harassment. She also accused Shami’s family of domestic violence. However, the pacer had denied all such allegations terming them baseless.
The charge sheet has been filed by the Kolkata police before the Alipore Police-court. Recently, Shami was seen performing for India against Australia where he played four games picking up a total of four wickets as India lost the five-match series 3-2. He has been in fine form this year has made a strong return to limited-overs cricket with an impressive show against Australia and New Zealand.
With June 22 being the next hearing of the case, Shami’s World Cup contention might get jeopardized which is scheduled to get underway from May 30 and the final will be played on June 14. Shami was India’s highest wicket-taker in the ODI series against New Zealand with 9 wickets in four matches to play an instrumental role in India’s 4-1 series win.
The veteran pacer continued his fine form in the series against Australia to further strike a claim for a World Cup spot. In all likelihood, he was expected to be India’s third genuine pacer at in England and Wales but the latest developments might hamper his progress.